My #COVID Update for April 8, 2021 for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. With the vaccine roll out we are seeing progress.  It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

As of today, the City of Toronto is in under a provincial wide shutdown and subject to a Stay-at-Home order. The provincial wide shutdown requires all residents to remain home except for essential purposes. I encourage everyone to visit the City of Toronto website to review the City’s Guide for Toronto Residents and Changes to City Services.

Stay Home and Get Vaccinated

While vaccination is not mandatory, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Join your family and friends and plan to get vaccinated once vaccines become available to you.

Starting tomorrow, April 9 at 8am, City of Toronto run immunization clinic vaccination appointments will be open to residents age 50+ from 53 identified COVID-19 hot spot postal codes. Scarborough hot spot postal codes are the following: M1B, M1C, M1E, M1G, M1H, M1J, M1K, M1M, M1P, M1R, M1S, M1T, M1V, M1W, M1X, M1X. Eligible residents can book online at or by calling 1-888-999-6488. To view the 53 identified Toronto hotspot postal codes please review this news release.

Also, Scarborough Health Network is currently booking appointments for residents ages 50+ in the following hot spot neighbourhoods, based off COVID-19 case numbers: M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1P, M1T and M1V. Eligible residents can book a vaccination appointment through SHN at

Please see the following COVID-19 vaccination flyer, to help communities in the following languages Arabic, French, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Tamil and Urdu. This flyer was produced and distributed by Scarborough Health Network. 

With Ramadan right around the corner, please review the following regulations for Religious Services under the provincial wide shutdown:

  • Indoor religious services, where physical distancing can be maintained are limited to 15% room capacity;
  • Outdoor religious services are limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from each other;
  • Indoor social gatherings associated with or following a religious service are not permitted. Outdoor social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained are limited to five people or fewer;
  • Mosques/Places of worship may broadcast calls to prayer during the month of Ramada without a City noise exemption permit. Please review the City’s Guide for Toronto Residents for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Locations Map

All COVID-19 Immunization Clinics across the city, including City-run facilities, pharmacies and hospitals, are now mapped on the City’s website. Residents can search for the clinic closest to them by location or address.

COVID-19 Testing Sites including Pop-up Sites – updated daily

COVID-19 tests are available at assessment centres, pop-up and mobile testing facilities and pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 testing locations and eligibility, including locations of upcoming pop-up testing sites, by visiting website features a map to help you easily find a testing location near you.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of April 7, 2021) There has been an increase of 1010 COVID-19 cases in the City with 419 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 120,557 cases of COVID-19, of these, 107,935 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,837 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccination Update: The City of Toronto is working with all our healthcare partners and Toronto Public health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 665,367 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto. Vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: The City is currently vaccinating residents age 60 and older at its City-run mass immunization clinics. Health sector partners in Toronto are vaccinating priority groups, based on the Province of Ontario’s Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization.

How to Book a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

There are several options to book an appointment at a City-run clinic or at a preferred hospital or community agency. These are the easiest ways for eligible residents to book appointments:

City-run Mass Immunization Clinics: Appointments at City-run clinics for eligible residents are currently available at six locations:

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Toronto Congress Centre
  • Malvern Community Recreation Centre
  • Mitchel Field Centre
  • The Hangar

The City’s remaining three immunization clinics, Cloverdale Mall, North Toronto Memorial Community Centre and Carmine Stefano Community, are set to open on Monday, April 12 at 11am. Each clinic will operate seven days per week from 11am to 8pm. A video tour showing what residents can expect at City-operated mass immunization clinics is available on the City’s YouTube channel.

Do you need help getting to your vaccination appointment? The City’s Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan is piloting transportation services for seniors ages 75+ who may be unable to access or afford existing transportation options to get to their vaccination appointments. Eligible residents can book their vaccination appointment at then book a ride contact with Toronto Ride, iRide or Scarborough Ride.

Education Bank COVID-19 Update: In response to the new Provincial guidelines, the Education Bank will be closed for the month of April. The Education Bank has shifted toa curb side pickup model which will allow families to select materials for pick up at the Family Service Centre. You can complete the following Google Form to select items for pick up.

Toronto Public Library COVID-19 Impacts – Provincial emergency and stay-at-home order: Due to the provincial restrictions, TPL branches remain open only for contactless holds pick-up and drop-off of library materials at the entrance. All other in-branch services are unavailable at this time. Please visit for updates.

SCHC COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic @ the HUB! Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities has opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Hub site at 2660 Eglinton Ave E. Eligible individuals are invited to register for an appointment! For more information on eligibility requirements and how to register please see this flyer!

Toronto City Council approved the return of a more flexible and expanded ActiveTO program in 2021. Major Weekend Road Closures will return and include opportunities to expand or adapt locations and dates to support communities as well as planned construction. The cycling networks will also be expanded through a new complete street pilot project along midtown Yonge Street. Learn more about ActiveTO here.

Toronto Fire Services is working with First Alert to protect Toronto communities. First Alert has donated 100 smoke alarms that will be distributed in an east end Toronto community. The Toronto Professional Firefighter’s Association has matched this gift with the donation of another 100 smoke alarms. Ensuring Toronto residents have working smoke alarms year-round is more important than ever as residents are spending more time indoors due to the ongoing pandemic. For more information please read this news release.

The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities would like to invite you to a COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall on Monday, April 12th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Questions on vaccine developments will be answered. Live translations will be available in Tamil, Hindi and Urdu. Register now!

Good Guides Local Food Drive! The Good Guides is partnering with The NBYMP Foundation to support the Scarborough Center for Healthy Communities. They will be collecting all non-perishable food items at 4100 Lawrence Ave. E. until April 16. Please click here and read the instructions prior to dropping off or requesting pickup of items. For pick-up, please fill this form.

Get to know your Neighbourhood Community Officers (NCOs) – Danzig Street (West Hill)! Toronto Police NCOs work in close partnership with local residents to address community safety and quality of life issues. Join 43 Division’s town hall for residents of the Danzig community to meet the NCOs dedicated to your neighbourhood on April 22, 2021 at 6:30pm. Register here.

Mother’s Day Baskets for Rosalie Hall! Rosalie Hall is an outreach centre providing comprehensive support for young mothers and their children. The 43 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) is seeking donations to support young mothers by putting together 10 gift baskets to be presented to Rosalie Hall for Mother’s Day on Friday, May 7th. If you are able to support these courageous young mothers, please let us know by Friday,

April 23, 2021. You can reach out to the 43 Division CPLC here or at 416-808-4319. For more information please see this letter.

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more videos!  Ensure you Subscribe to the channel!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

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What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

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Toronto District School Board Update

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*NEW*TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

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City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: 

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here:

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